Looking to add some "pow" to your PowerPoint presentations? These great tools will help.
Your conference room may be outfitted for making top-notch presentations, but how about your briefcase? These days, neither customers nor investors have patience for subpar slide shows. Here are four tools that will help you make stellar presentations anywhere you go.
Epson PowerLite 1761W WXGA 3LCD Projector
Make cinemaworthy presentations with this portable, 3.7-pound LCD projector, which boasts 2,600 lumens of brightness and 720p resolution, comparable to that of a high-definition television. The short-throw projector sits right next to a screen, making it ideal for a variety of rooms. You can present wirelessly from a laptop, iPhone, iPad, or Android device over a Wi-Fi network using Epson's iProjection app. Cost: $700
Jabra Solemate Speaker
If your slide show includes sound, laptop speakers won't do. Turn up the volume with this rugged portable speaker, which connects wirelessly with any Bluetooth device, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The brick-size, 1.3-pound Solemate, which comes in black or white, has three front speakers and an integrated subwoofer for deep bass. The battery lasts eight hours fully charged. Cost: $200
This app lets you view and present PowerPoint slide shows using your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, without compromising animations and graphics. You can store presentations in an online SlideShark account and connect your tablet or smartphone to a projector to display presentations. You can also beam slide shows to mobile devices in the audience and track views. Cost: Free for 100MB of storage, then starting at $49 a year for 600MB of storage
Targus Ultralife WIreless Mouse and Presenter
Use this two-in-one device as a wireless mouse for controlling a cursor. Then, twist the top portion to reveal presentation controls, including buttons for paging up and down and switching to a blank screen. The 5.4-ounce Ultralife, which works with PCs and Macs, has a 1,200-dots-per-inch laser sensor for precise cursor control and works from up to 30 feet away in presentation mode. Cost: $89.99